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  • Rod Allen on 1 Kings 18
    Fascinating story. The area was one that abounded in naturally occurring naphtha. Note that Elijah was very keen to soak his bonfire in "water". My theory is that this was just this natural firelighter. One spark and whoosh! The lot went up. Very clever man, Elijah.
  • Stanjett - in Reply on 1 Kings 18
    Not a story, but a fact. He had them pour the water on. He didn't touch it.
  • Rod Allen - in Reply on 1 Kings 18
    OK, so he had other people pour naptha on. If you read the account in 2 Maccabees, chapter 1, verses 20-23 you will find the same phenomenon described, but at least in some translations the liquid is described as naphtha, and the method was given to the priests by Neemias, an emissary from the King of Persia. Naptha and its properties were well known to the Persians, who were fire-worshippers.


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